What I Packed: Skincare (Caribbean 2015)

A continuation of the What I Packed series in my latest trip, this time for skincare. This is basically what I brought.

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I packed some of these in the same Ellana makeup bag that I used as there were still some space, and the rest in a generic mesh zip pouch. What I have are, going from left to right top row first, then bottom:

Bifesta Eye and Lip Makeup Remover – big bottle, but very little product left. I figure it should not be a big deal to bring since it’s practically empty.

Olay Moisturizer – again a big bottle. For some reason I couldn’t find my travel sized Celeteque Hydration moisturizer so I brought this instead.

Marks & Spencer Body Powder – a big bottle yet again! I had a travel sized bottle of Johnson’s baby powder, but it was almost empty and I am a huge body powder user that I’m sure it would run out on me. I brought this one instead.

Jergens Ultra Healing Body Lotion – This is the smallest bottle I can find in my stash, which wasn’t so bad all things considered.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunblock – I didn’t have any other sunblock available, so this went in my bag.

Etude House Dear Girls Be Clear Moisturizer – is actually not much a moisturizer, but a facial sunblock. Again, no other option available, so into the bag it went.

Nivea Extra Whitening Deodorant – is the only deodorant I will use, so a fresh one went into my bag.

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner – finally something travel sized! A no brainer toner that is an automatic bring.

Bifesta Agecare Cleansing Lotion – also in travel sized! I filled this up from my current big bottle, and is a great partner to the eye and lip makeup remover.

Vitress Hair Cuticle Coat – all of the Vitress bottles I have are small enough for travel, but this is the tiniest! Love this thing!

Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash – apparently this is the only surviving one from my Celeteque travel kit as I couldn’t find its toner and moisturizer partners.

Pure n’ Fresh Cologne in Tropical Fresh – I’m not such a huge perfume person so I didn’t really care what fragrance I brought as long as it was small, and smelled decent.

There we go! Thanks for reading! Next and last in this series will be my craft carry.

Unboxing the September BDJBox

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Before I begin I would like to say that I was honestly not looking forward to this month’s box, primarily because I was bumped to September when I originally subscribed to the August box. As August was my birth month I was really holding it as special. Imagine my huge disappointment when I received the message. Imagine my Double disappointment when I found out what the August box was (Shiseido Ibuki exclusive). So I was not really eager for this (because how could it trump a Shiseido box?!), and was triply disappointed to find out the theme. September’s theme is “Luminiscent Beauty” and as the name suggests, it has something to do with fairness and whitening. I am totally uninterested in whitening as I am quite content with my skin tone so most of this box was very underwhelming for me. However, I would like to still show you what is inside this box.

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead. [You can click on each image to make it larger.]

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September’s box is the standard BDJ black-and-pink box, but this one was a little thicker than usual.

We are greeted by the welcome cards as well as this month’s sticker (“You are the fairest of them all”). You can see the front, insides, and the back parts of the welcome cards as well.

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Upon opening we discover the reason why it’s thick. The box is fully packed, and was double decked that it protruded beyond the height of the box’s bottom.

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Let’s go over the products in order that it appears on the welcome card. First up is L’Occitane Hand Cream. This tiny tube of hand lotion is enriched with 20% shea butter and other ingredients that will protect, moisturize, soften, and replenish skin. I have only started using hand lotions (right now using Evas Vitamin Hand) and I can see myself using this at some point. It’s a tiny tube so definitely this is portable. This 30ml tube costs Php300.

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Second in line is this Olay White Radiance celLucent White Essence Serum (whew!). It’s one of the things in the bottom layer so you weren’t able to see it in the photo above. Unfortunately this is one of those items that go for the whitening angle, although this one supposedly targets spots. This is not one of my skin problems so this shall remain unused or will be given away. This full sized 40ml bottle costs Php1499.

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Next we have about ten sachets of Cure Natural Aqua Gel. There are a lot of raves about this exfoliator online, and I had regretted being unable to grab samples from Sampleroom, so I am actually glad to receive this bunch of samples. It claims to be a month’s supply of product, so I’m looking forward to giving this a try.  The full 250ml bottle of this costs Php1500 and can be bought from Beauty Bar. Each sachet contains at most 5ml of sample, so the total cost of the ten-pack is at most Php300.

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We have one of the top layers in the photo above next. This is Color Collection Whitening BB Cream, and I would have scoffed immediately at this since it is again targeted for whitening. It’s actually one of the reasons I didn’t get a sample of this at Sampleroom, but as I already have it I am not going to pass up the opportunity to give this a shot. This 40ml tube costs Php499 (which isn’t bad value for BB creams actually).

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The next two items are from Vidal Sassoon (wow an old school brand!). The first is Vidal Sassoon Hair Treatment Mask, which takes up most of the bottom layer of the box. It’s a huge tub, containing 178ml of product, and aims to give hair the perfect dazzle and shine. While I am not against having dazzle and shine in my hair (it can certainly be improved!), I have two tubs of hair mask that I am trying to use up so it’ll be some time before I can give this a try. This tub costs Php349.

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The second is Vidal Sassoon Magic Style Activator for Curl, a hair spray basically to assist in styling. Unfortunately I rarely do anything to my hair more complicated than brushing and either tying it up in a ponytail or leaving it with only a hair clip on. This is another of those items I wouldn’t be able to use. This one costs Php349 too.

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Lastly we have Too Cool for School Emma Mini Lip Gloss. It’s a very portable gloss, and honestly seems too cute to use. It will probably join the ranks of the lipstick samples from Avon and Tellie’s mini polishes and lipsticks. This tiny 3g tube costs Php245.

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Again BDJ has this idea that vouchers are a big part of the box, but I tend to disagree. However for the sake of presentation, these vouchers are Clarity Intense Diamond Peel Voucher and Wacoal Vouchers. The first is actually a direct freebie (no purchase required), so I may go out of my way to redeem it. It has a value of Php1000. The other two are discount vouchers for specific Wacoal products, totaling a value of Php795. The only problem I have is that Wacoal bras aren’t friendly to my rather problematic bust. I’ve gotten cut and abraded skin from the wires in their bras, so I am not really that eager to try this out. I’ll probably pass this on to someone who uses Wacoal.

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BDJ Box actually included a freebie in this box as a recompense for bumping me over to September. I chose the lipstick option (the other one was mascara, I believe) and received this Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in the shade 135 Make Me Pink. It’s a really odd shade of pink (almost neon) and looks a little weird on my lips. I’ll put up some swatches soon.

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My impressions of the September BDJ Box: I’ve pretty much expressed what I thought of this box. I really can’t help but compare it to the other box that I might have gotten (August – Shiseido Ibuki exclusive), and clearly this one pales in comparison. I would much much rather have had the chance to try out the entire Shiseido Ibuki range, than to have received items that are not in my interest at all. Given that though, I did get some items that I am interested in trying, namely the Cure Aqua Gel and the Color Collection BB Cream.

Value review: The total value of this box is around Php3500, excluding the voucher values. This seems like a pretty great deal, considering I only paid Php580 for the subscription. Looking closer at it, the bulk of this is in the Olay serum which I am not at all interested in trying. The value of the two things I really wanted to try only comes up to Php799 which I guess is still more than the subscription price.

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Saturday Shorts Vol. 2

Welcome to the second volume of Saturday Shorts. I’ve decided I’ll do an every-other-week post for this series so that I’ll have the option to do something else on the other Saturdays. Anyway! This week, we will focus on eye products.

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1. Creation Eyeshadow Palette

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Remember one of my earliest hauls? I got this super cheap palette for only Php25 (it was on sale) from Saizen. It has six shades: three greens, one blue, one white, and one shimmery beige. The eyeshadows are very powdery and prone to fall out, and is pretty stubborn to apply. It’s pretty cheap though, but I think this is only good for playing with. It might be better applied with a wet brush, but I haven’t tried it yet.

2. Olay Regenerist Eye Cream

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This eye cream is one of a duo of Olay products I got from the SM Watsons Beauty Box. It has 10 ml of product. I use it mostly at night, and apply it both on my undereyes and on my lids. I have so far not been wowed by any immediate results, but at least my undereyes have been kept well moisturized. There are no visible lightening of either my undereyes or my lids, after three weeks of continuous use. To be fair, it didn’t really promise that. Instead it promises smoother lids and softer lines. While I can say that my lids may have become smoother, my undereye lines haven’t softened yet. I think I have only used a third to a half of the tube (hard to tell since the tube is quite opaque), so I will update this post if there are any changes to my feedback once I finish this tube.

3. Ever Bilena Evera Eye Pencil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E

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I bought this eye pencil way back in March, at one of the Watsons branches in Makati. It’s a very stiff pencil that might be better used on the brows than as eyeliner, but I’m using it as eyeliner more often. It is a nice shade of brown that usually goes well with my everyday makeup, but I don’t use it too often as it really is too hard and pulls on my lids too much. It’s also not waterproof, and will easily wash out in the rain or if you sweat a lot. I would probably consider getting another shade (a darker brown probably) to use on my brows, as this is pretty cheap at Php35.

Unboxing the SM Beauty Box

With great excitement I’ve been waiting for August 1, for that is when the SM Beauty Box will be available. I’ve been reading about it from the big beauty bloggers, and I’m pretty much stoked about this box. SM/Watsons Beauty Box is available in only four SM branches (I bought mine at SM Makati), and it costs Php799. It’s a humongous box (read: super large!) that has a LOT of products inside.

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When I went to SM Makati there were about five stacks of three or four of these boxes on display. Each box is sealed with a sticker, and the sales ladies could not agree whether it is okay to open it for visual inspection. Since I was interested in keeping the box pristine, I refused to have them open the box, hoping that all the contents promised would be inside.

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The box is about a foot and a half square (yes it’s really that big!) and about 3-4 inches high. It opens on the side with the SM and Watsons logos, and it has a pair of (weak) magnets to hold it closed. The box itself is made with stiff cardboard. This box is one of the reasons I bought this pack, because I can find many uses for this. Upon opening you see a large assortment of products that you can usually see in any Watsons branch.

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Since there are just so much products in here, I’m going to take a page out of Tellie‘s book and just talk in detail about the things I’m excited about. These would be the products that made me decide to get the box in the first place. The prices that I’m listing here are based on what I saw at the store, and the others based on information I found on the internet.

First is Nanny Rose Gugo & Lawat Anti-hairfall Shampoo (Php99). I currently have a hairfall problem which the L’Oreal anti-hairfall line wasn’t able to resolve completely. I was prepared to buy another brand, but luckily the SM Beauty Box had this. I’ve heard so much good stuff about Nanny Rose, so I’m quite hopeful that this will help my hair problem.

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Next is this Lucido-L Hair Make SUpplement Repairing Oil for Straight (Php295). I saw this on Tricia‘s blog and was interested in trying it out. Initially I thought it was intended only for curly hair, but this variant proved otherwise. Admittedly my hair isn’t really all that straight (it’s more of the wavy type) but I’d like to see what this does for me.

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Next item is Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo. I’m looking for my HG eye cream (sadly Celeteque’s didn’t really do much for me) and it’s great that SM Beauty Box had one. These Olay products are much smaller than their box implies (although it does say the contents at the bottom of the box). I’m probably not using the lash serum though. I had a hard time finding out how much this costs so I’m estimating it at Php300. EDIT: RachelS says this retails for Php1500!

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Of course the single nail polish in the box will be in this list! Flormar Magnetic Twist Nail Enamel is my second Flormar nail polish (the first being the Supershine), and my first magnetic polish! I’m quite excited to try this out. I wanted to see what the magnet looked like, but the box is actually sealed. How sanitary! Again I couldn’t find pricing information, so my estimate is at Php150.

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Lastly, this quad of Quick FX products is very intriguing. Surprisingly too, since these are in sachets and I hate sachets, but these have that pretty interesting spout system going on. Specifically I’m excited about the Eyelift Cream (see Olay entry above) and the Tinted Moisturizer. Prices vary from Php49 to Php99.

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Let me show you the rest of the products in the box. First we have a duo of Beyond Care products (body lotion and body wash) and an interesting tin of Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder (Php69). These three are actually also interesting, but didn’t make the cut in the list above because I wouldn’t have been sad if these weren’t included. However I am a fan of body lotions and powders, so I am happy that I got these. I have no information on the prices of the lotion and body wash. My estimate is at Php60 each.

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Next is a trio of hair products. There is a giant tub of Opal Hot Oil Cream Conditioner (Php100+), a tube of Vitress Solenn (?!) Hair Cuticle Coat (Php47), and a huge box of Palty Hair Color in Namachoco Waffle (Php499). I still have the tub of Hair Treats hair spa from a haul way back so I’m not that excited about the conditioner. I don’t like leave-on stuff in hair much, so I’m probably not using the Vitress tube. And lastly my job and position probably frowns on colored hair, so I’m skipping on the Palty box as well.

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Next batch is a pack of Purederm Make-up Cleansing Tissues (Php99), a bottle of Skinklens Gentle Skin Cleanser (looks remarkably similar to Cetaphil)(Php260), a tube of Evas Vitamin Hand Cream (Php139), and a tube of Essence Lip Gloss in True Love (about Php139). I’m actually interested in most of these, but again I wouldn’t have been sad if these weren’t included.

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And finally the bunch of sachet stuff: Botanical Choice Exfoliating Foot Mask (Php189.75), FINE Hyaluron & Collagen (Php110) and Metabo Coffee packs, and Purederm Snail Age Regenerating Multi-step Treatment. I’m actually interested in that last one since I like masks. Oh and I’m not averse to trying the coffee either. Again I couldn’t find any price information for the coffee and the snail treatment. My estimates are Php80 and Php150 respectively.

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My impressions of the SM Beauty Box: This is a pretty good buy, if I may say so. I really like the box itself, and those five items listed above are things I would actually have bought. The other items are a nice topping to this already wonderful cake. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this box.

Value review: SM Beauty claims that the items are worth over Php4000. My estimates come up to only Php2900, so it might be too conservative. Regardless, even the estimate is more than twice (nay, thrice!) of the cost of the box, Php799. There can be no doubt that this is worth the investment. It has 18 (!!) products from a wide range of categories and brands, which is a great sampler if you are unfamiliar with these brands.

Will you be getting a box for yourself? Did you get one already? Which products are you excited about?